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It's been one heck of a ride!

January 30, 2023

It’s been one heck of a ride! We launched our online store in the Fall of 2020 to support local Calgary businesses hit hard by the pandemic. In this time we’ve:

Helped just under 100 member businesses reach thousands of new customers
Received a ton of incredible media coverage for our vendors
Collaborated with local impact-making organizations, including Calgary Pride
Curated and sold hundreds of local gift boxes

When we first launched, many of our businesses had no online sales channels – not one! A lot has changed in the past couple of years, and now, may of our vendors have established their own e-commerce sites. COVID-19 really did change the way we do business.

It is with strong sense of pride (and a dash of sadness) that we are announcing the closure of shop.belocal.org in the coming months.  While our online store is closing, the Be Local network will continue! With over 450 member businesses, the supply and demand for local businesses making an impact, is stronger than ever!

THANK YOU for your support of the store over the past few years. Stay tuned for more exciting news on how Be Local will continue to champion Calgary as a place where doing good, is good for business!

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Small businesses are more likely to source their raw materials locally!

Our members spent $8,529,900 on locally procured input goods and services in 2020

Read the Be Local Impact Report for 2020.

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Did you know?

Every $1 spent locally re-circulates with other local businesses creating $7 of local economic activity!